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How long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of

thy people? Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; And givest them tears to drink in great measure. Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: And our enemies laugh among themselves. Turn us again, O God of hosts, And cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: Thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, And didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the

land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, And the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, And her branches unto the river. Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, So that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood doth waste it, And the wild beast of the field doth devour it. Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: Look down from heaven, and behold, And visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, And the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down:

They perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand,
Upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for

thyself.
So will not we go back from thee:
Quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.
Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts,
Cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

LXXXI

To the chief Musician upon Gittith

A Psalm of Asaph
Sing aloud unto God our strength:
Make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel,
The pleasant harp with the psaltery.
Blow

up

the trumpet in the new moon, In the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, And a law of the God of Jacob. This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, When he went out through the land of Egypt: Where I heard a language that I understood not. I removed his shoulder from the burden: His hands were delivered from the pots. Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder:

gave them

I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee:
O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;
There shall no strange god be in thee;
Neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
I am the Lord thy God,
Which brought thee out of the land of Egypt:
Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
But my people would not hearken to my voice;
And Israel would none of me.
So I

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unto their own hearts' lust: And they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, And Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, And turned my hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord should have submitted them

selves unto him: But their time should have endured for ever. He should have fed them also with the finest of the

wheat: And with honey out of the rock should I have satis

fied thee.

LXXXII

A Psalm of Asaph God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; He judgeth among the gods.

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How long will ye judge unjustly,

the
persons of the wicked?

Selah.
Defend the poor and fatherless:
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: :
Rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
They know not, neither will they understand;
They walk on in darkness:
All the foundations of the earth are out of course.
I have said, Ye are gods;
And all of you are children of the most High.
But ye shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.
Arise, O God, judge the earth:
For thou shalt inherit all nations.

LXXXIII

A Song or Psalm of Asaph
Keep not thou silence, O God:
Hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult:
And they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people,
And consulted against thy hidden ones.
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from

being a nation;

That the name of Israel may be no more in remem

brance. For they have consulted together with one consent: They are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; Of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; The Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: They have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. Do unto them as unto the Midianites; As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: Which perished at En-dor: They became as dung for the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: Yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Who said, Let us take to ourselves The houses of God in possession. O my God, make them like a wheel; As the stubble before the wind. As the fire burneth a wood, And as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; So persecute them with thy tempest, And make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; That they may seek thy name, O Lord. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever;

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